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The Interview (2014)
The Question Is: Would I Buy This Movie?
As December 25th finally arrived with the international community stirred anew, The Interview, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, sparked my curiosity charmingly. But as they say: there is no such thing as bad PR, and that (along with the explosions) is what I believe attracted audiences to see this film more than anything. Before any animosities against my particular opinion, understand these following points of analysis:
When I watched the first thirty minutes of the film, I really didn't feel too excited as James Franco's main character, Dave Skylark, was conveniently hooked up to interview the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. On the contrary, my reaction was a subtle *so what?* I felt it was too convenient and unrealistic. I understand some viewers like that about these types of movies; they're simple, and it has an excuse as a silly comedy. At the same time, however, it just isn't tasteful. I may have laughed a few times at the Katy Perry in the tank scene or the overweight child in front of the fake grocery store part, but other than that, I didn't find it that entertaining. "Haters gonna hate" or "They hate us because they ain't us/anus?" I feel as though the humor was thought up by a first grader, not to mention the endless cusses, innuendos, and perverted sentiments. Like I stated before: tasteless in my opinion.
If I could point out the most interesting section of this film -- if we are going by a simple beginning, middle, and end structure -- it would indeed have to be the second act, the middle. The scenes displaying Kim Jong Un and his emotional side actually struck a thought in my mind of the real scenario in NK at the moment. It displayed a piece of humanity, something the audience can relate to. Unfortunately, the ludicrous antics appeared once more, and I lost the sense of depth with the character. The final act felt rushed, as if the writers were just adding and not subtracting ideas to fill up the 120 pages for the script. Even in a comedy, I don't fully comprehend why this film was so over-the-top or why it appeared so jumpy. Again, I cannot emphasize it enough; there is no empathetic connection.
There is so much I can scrutinize about this film, but to display a less cynical side of this review, I would like to commend the props, special effects, and editors for the visual appeasement. Ultimately, no, I would not add this to my movie collection. With that in mind, this is the conclusion of my skepticism. Hope you agreed and enjoyed the review. Thanks guys!
Parental Guidance (2012)
More Movies Need to Be More Like This!
From what I have witnessed, this movie is delightful. I haven't watch a film such as this in a very long while. The story itself puts so much family fun and creativity into it that it made me smile and laugh joyously from start to finish (not many movies can give me such a reaction). It was good-hearted and simple, and sometimes simplicity is the best way to go. The soundtrack itself was unique for this current generation of filmmaking. I felt like I was in a movie made ten years ago (that of which I really enjoyed); it felt nostalgic yet modern. Again, it isn't the type of movie to get all "thrilled" about. It honestly is a nice feature to sit down and relax with the whole family, and to be completely reassuring, I honestly would watch it again in the future.